BN Health Forum Melbourne: A World of Hurt - Pain Management Claims in Focus

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event information
Thursday, 8 August 2024
Forum sessions: 4:00pm | Networking & drinks: 6:15pm
Grand Hyatt Melbourne | 123 Collins Street, Melbourne

Chronic pain is a widespread issue in Australia, affecting approximately 1 in 5 Australians of all ages, including children and adolescents. Among older Australians, the prevalence is even higher, with 1 in 3 individuals over 65 living with chronic pain. Chronic pain not only burdens sufferers personally but also imposes significant socio-economic costs on the nation, estimated at $73.2 billion annually, with $48.3 billion attributed to lost productivity.

Join us at this year’s Melbourne Health Forum as we delve into the critical intersection of pain management and the law, and unpack how we navigate these complex issues as a society in order to find a solution. Our experts will be discussing the rising trends of claims and legal proceedings regarding chronic pain as well as the increased regulatory concern regarding practitioners’ management of patients with chronic pain. They will also explore practical solutions for practitioners to reduce the likelihood of claims, including informed consent and effective communication to help patients understand expected outcomes. Our experts will also address the variety of challenges in implementing multidisciplinary approaches for pain management and how practitioners can overcome these hurdles.

We are also excited to be joined by our keynote speaker, World Champion Ski Aerialist, Jacqui Cooper. Representing Australia in aerial skiing for over 20 years, Jacqui has experienced firsthand the physical and psychological challenges of chronic pain, its management, and treatment. Her story is one of self-belief, passion, triumph, tragedy, and the ability to overcome adversity, making her a powerful voice on the issue of pain management.

BN’s Health Forum is a must attend event for all professionals working in or alongside healthcare and life sciences who want to stay up-to-date on the trends and issues affecting the sector. But be quick, registration is free and places are limited.

Following the final session, attendees are invited to continue the conversation over drinks and canapes.

Program

  • Session 1: A Champion Attitude: Triumph, Tragedy, Defeat & Success presented by Jacqui Cooper, World Champion Aerial Skier

    We are thrilled to introduce you to our keynote speaker, World Champion Aerial Skier, Jacqui Cooper. Representing Australia in aerial skiing for over 20 years, Jacqui has experienced firsthand the physical and psychological challenges of chronic pain, its management, and treatment, and will share her unique story.

    Following Jacqui’s keynote, we will conduct a Q&A session to delve into her experiences of overcoming adversity, gain firsthand insights on pain management from Jacqui’s perspective, and explore the distinction between relying on mental strength and medication.

  • Session 2: A World of Hurt: Pain Management Claims in Focus

    Panel discussion moderated by BN's Natalie Laidlaw, with panellists:

    • Gemma-Jane Cooper, Victorian Bar
    • Melanie Harper, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    • Dr Pene Wood, IPC Health

    Joined by an impressive line-up of industry expert panellists, BN will explore the critical intersection of pain management and the law, and unpack how we navigate these complex issues as a society in order to find a solution. Our experts will be discussing the rising trends of claims and legal proceedings regarding chronic pain as well as the increased regulatory concern regarding practitioners’ management of patients with chronic pain. They will also explore practical solutions for practitioners to reduce the likelihood of claims, including informed consent and effective communication to help patients understand expected outcomes. Our experts will also address the variety of challenges in implementing multidisciplinary approaches for pain management and how practitioners can overcome these hurdles.

Meet our speakers

  • Jacqui Cooper, World Champion Aerial Skier (Keynote)

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    Representing Australia in aerial skiing for over 20 years, Jacqui Cooper has a long and decorated career, including competing in 139 World Cup events, nine World Championships, and being selected in five Winter Olympic Teams. With a record five World Titles, 39 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins and three Major World Championship medals, she has earned the title as the greatest aerial skier of all time.

    Her sport is unforgiving. Having endured knee, elbow, shoulder, and hip reconstructions, and breaking her back in 2001 during an attempt to win a record third World Title, Jacqui is no stranger to the challenges of pain management and intensive rehabilitation. Her story is one of self-belief, passion, triumph, tragedy, and the ability to overcome adversity.

    In between training and competing in events, Jacqui devotes much of her time to various sporting committees around the world and is a voice for her peers at a national and international level. She has served on various boards, including the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Board, the AOC Athlete’s Commission (Deputy Chair), the Ski and Snowboard Australia Board, and the Australian Institute of Sport Athletes Commission, to name a few. Jacqui also dedicates her time to speaking to students about living a healthy lifestyle, including throughout remote Aboriginal communities.

    Throughout her career, Jacqui has received numerous awards, including the Victorian 'Young Australian of the Year' for Sport, Victorian Sports Woman of the Year, and Ski and Snowboard Athlete of the Year. In 2008, she was honoured with the ‘Governor’s Award’ at the Vic Sports Awards for being a role model, a champion, and a successful woman in both sport and life. Since 2010, she has served as La Trobe Financial's Company Ambassador.

  • Gemma-Jane Cooper, Victorian Bar (Panellist)

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    Gemma-Jane Cooper has practised widely in the areas of public liability, workers' compensation, medical negligence and insurance law for over 15 years.

    She specialises in litigation arising from personal injuries, including public liability, medical negligence, workplace accidents (both statutory benefits and common law claims), transport accidents and institutional abuse, acting for both plaintiff and defendant clients. She also has significant experience appearing in section 369 recovery claims under the WIRC Act, and advising on bullying and sexual assault claims.

    Gemma-Jane has also regularly advised on insurance contracts and indemnity disputes.

  • Melanie Harper, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Panellist)

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    Melanie Harper is an experienced health lawyer and is committed to the lawful, ethical, and compassionate delivery of public healthcare. Melanie commenced her role as General Counsel for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 2021 and prior to that worked for six years in the legal team at Eastern Health. Melanie has also worked in private practice as a commercial lawyer.

    Melanie is a volunteer committee member for Banksia Palliative Care Service in Heidelberg and has recently been awarded the 2024 Healthcare Lawyer of the Year Award by Lawyers Weekly.

  • Dr Pene Wood, IPC Health (Panellist)

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    Dr. Pene Wood B.Pharm MPS-AACPA (PhD) has worked in pharmacy practice for over 20 years. Her experience includes Community Pharmacy, academia, working at the Western Victoria PHN as the Opioid Management Team Lead as well as the Quality Use of Medicine Lead, and as an embedded practice pharmacist at Wathaurong Health Service ACCHO. She currently works as a GP Practice Pharmacist at Headspace (Frankston) and IPC Health (Deer Park) where she specialises in addiction and is part of the “Power Over Pain” interdisciplinary team.

    In addition to her role as a pharmacist, Pene runs her own consultancy business where she provides medication reviews and workshops, as well as training, advice, mentoring and research across various areas relating to pharmacy practice. She has a particular focus on pain and addiction

    Pene took part in the Pain Revolution Regional Tours in Tasmania in 2019 and Victoria in 2020, and is currently training for the 2024 Tour. She completed her doctorate in 2021, which included her thesis “Opioids: What Role Can The Pharmacist Play?”.

  • Natalie Laidlaw, Barry Nilsson (Moderator)

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    Natalie is a Special Counsel in our Insurance & Health team, specialising in professional indemnity and health law. Her extensive professional indemnity experience includes acting for local and international insurers and their insureds, in defending claims against a broad range of professional clients across all Australian jurisdictions, including allied health practitioners, medical practitioners and pharmacists.

    Prior to joining Barry Nilsson, Natalie was a Legal and Claims Manager and Team Leader for a large insurer, managing a diverse range of professional indemnity claims. This gives Natalie a unique perspective to appreciate the needs of the insurer and their client, allowing her to adopt a pragmatic approach in delivering the best possible outcome to her clients with a tailored solution that takes into account the associated risks.

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